Teal News 2006

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2006 April 12

Teal Type Certificate A15EA


On March 1st, 2006, the TSC-1A1 and TSC-1A2 Teal Amphibian Type Certificate # A15EA was transferred from BOHICA Inc. (F. DeWitt Beckett) to Seastar Corporation, Homer, Alaska.  This company is controlled by longstanding Teal owners and enthusiasts Richard Callis and Arnfinn Halland. Their address is; Seastar Corporation; 344 Ocean Drive Loop, P.O.Box 2214, Homer, Alaska 99603, USA.

Callis & Halland currently have a few Teal amphibians under remanufacture at Lake Central Air Services (LCAS), Muskoka, Ontario, Canada.  These Teal amphibians will have several modifications and improvements installed, including a more powerful engine.  A pair of these Teals are available for sale, and can be equipped according to customer's specifications.

Do not miss this rare opportunity! For more details on the Teal amphibians and parts available, please contact LCAS at:

Lake Central Air Services
Muskoka Airport (CYQA), R.R.#1, 
Gravenhurst, Ontario, 
CANADA P1P 1R1

Tel : (705) 687-4343, Fax : (705) 687-8983

 

 

2006 February 12

Tom Beck Reports

Hi Steinar,

I have been meaning to write to you for ages, but as always things got in the way!

I lost the use of my hangar in the UK just over a year ago and decided to take my Chipmunk to bits and ship it to Florida where I had space for it. Unfortunately the aircraft was damaged in transit and it'staken me a while to get it up and going again.

S/N 15 was finished last July and is now registered as N897TB. You get to choose the registration, 5 choices. I was running out of ideas soput the last three of my Air Force number and initials and it was that that came up! The original N-reg was no longer available.

The FAA inspector was very complimentary about the Teal and had no adverse comments. 

I have flown some 15 hours in the Teal and am still trying to makefriends with it. Off grass and tarmac the performance is good although it exhibits the worst characteristics of both a tail and nose wheel aircraft. Flying off water, I try very hard to keep the weight as low as possible and don't go anywhere near small lakes unless there is a slip for me to get out on and an adjacent runway!

In flight the handling is not the best. Although stable, the ailerons are heavy and ineffective and care must be taken to avoid crossing the controls when banking at low level. On water, once you have learnt its tricks the handling is OK but not a patch on say a Cub in restricted spaces and step turns take a lot of space.

I don't have much to add yet regarding performance. 60kt seems to be the best glide and safe climb. It begins to stall at 50kt, but that is very dependent upon the weight etc. At 24 square it cruises at 90kt true.

Although flaps would help it off the water, they are not needed for the approach and it doesn't need to be any heavier. 

I have packed up commercial flying and plan to do some longer trips with the Teal this summer. I will let you know how I get on. Attached are a couple of pictures. I am still on 'dial up' so I don't know about the quality. I can send them by 'snail mail' if you want?

Thanks for your continued efforts with the 'site', it's great!

Kind regards,
Tom.

 

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